We've already visited its sister restaurant Enoclub a couple of times, today we're staying above ground and lunching at Caffe Umberto.
It's quite a stylish space - long and lean - solid white marble tables with white leather placemats - and at the end, a glass walled cellar.
The menu doesn't follow the strict antipasto-pasta-secondi categorisation - they aim to be more like a bistro.
We decide to begin with:
Prosciutto Crudo di Parma S.Ilario e Fichi
Freshly sliced, it can't be beat - the meat so sweet and highly perfumed.
Carne Cruda di Vitello Fassone
The meat had an almost fluffy texture, really light and exceptionally lean - flavoured simple with a little olive oil.
Hamburger di Manzo e Foie Gras con patate chips
An utter indulgence - the hamburger was almost rare inside - almost like a seared version of the carne cruda. A generously thick slice of foie gras sits atop sweet caramelised onions. The potato chips were also made to order - served with a light dusting of smoky paprika.
Gnocchi con Sugo di Salsiccia di Bra e Porcini
I went for a more modest selection - potato gnocchi with a sauce made from bra sausage and porcini. The bra sausage is quite famous - made entirely of beef, it can be eaten raw and has quite a dense structure. The gnocchi were excellent - lovely light pillows of potato, the sauce silky, finished with butter.
Tortino di Ricotta al Miele d'Acacia
A light and lovely ricotta and berry tart finished with acacia honey.
Mousse di Yoghurt con Frutta Mista
May not look very attractive but it certainly tasted very good - the yoghurt mousse was surprisingly good, a subtle tang, yet light and fluffy. Underneath and excellent fruit salad - a mix of stone fruits and berries.
Piazza Savona, 4
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